RUFUS R. CLIFFORD, III AND WIFE, CARRIE C. CLIFFORD v. LOYDA TACOGUE, M. D., ST. THOMAS HOSPITAL, AND ST. JUDE MEDICAL, S.C., INC. (Tenn. Ct. App. July 9, 2010)
Plaintiff husband alleged that he suffered an injury in the course of undergoing a cardiac catheterization procedure. Plaintiffs filed suit against the treating physician, alleging medical malpractice, lack of informed consent, and medical battery; against the hospital, alleging medical malpractice based on an actual or apparent agency with the physician; and against the manufacturer of the medical device used in the procedure, alleging that the manufacturer was vicariously liable for medical battery committed by its employee.
The trial court granted summary judgment to the defendants on all claims, holding that plaintiffs failed to establish that the use of the medical device to close the site where the catheter was inserted was the cause of husband's injury. Finding that the defendants negated the element of causation essential to each cause of action, the trial court's judgment is affirmed.
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